Terrence Holt

Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

Terrence Holt works at the intersections between medicine and literature generally, with a particular emphasis on medical autobiography and what’s been described lately as narrative medicine.  His background in the humanities includes MFA (creative writing—fiction) and PhD degrees (nineteenth-century British literature) in English, both from Cornell.  His published work over the past several years, both critical and narrative, has been concerned with questions of how narrative conditions our perceptions.  Primarily a writer of short stories, he is especially interested in how we confront our mortal condition, or fail to, and the roles narrative serves in that vexed recognition.

He also works as a clinician in the Division of Geriatric Medicine.  Much of his clinical work is centered in a local continuous-care retirement community, where he provides primary care to residents in independent and assisted living, and long-term care to residents of the skilled nursing facility.

He is author of the short story collection In the Valley of the Kings.